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SES Launches Free-To-Air TV Channel To Reduce Spread Of COVID-19

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July 14, 2020, 4:08 p.m.

The channel is called ‘Fight COVID 19’ and is aimed at providing relevant information on how to reduce the spread of the virus to the less privileged, and people living in rural areas.

The company’s content aims to impartially inform TV viewers about identifying COVID-19 symptoms, the recovery process, and how to manage the effects of a global pandemic and social distancing, such as managing a household, children, or mental health.

Millions of households across Africa, Europe, and Asian-Pacific are expected to access the free-to-air TV channel.

The content is provided by trusted organizations such as The United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Agence France-Presse(AFP) as well as global EdTech social enterprise Potential.com.

However, SES also accepts additional content providers from international and regional organizations to contribute to the COVID-19 channel.

Steve Collar, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company, noted that COVID 19 has changed a lot of lives in the past few months.

Thus, he is certain that with the global reach of the satellite, SES will be able to provide important information to vulnerable communities.

“We have been really fortunate to be able to collaborate with UNICEF, AFP, and Potential.com who are willing to contribute their content for this good cause. Together, we hope to reach a wide group of audiences with reliable and trustworthy content and do our part in helping slow the spread of COVID-19”, he added.

The channel is broadcast free-to-air from SES’s satellite fleet. and is available in the following regions:

  • ASTRA 4A at 5 degrees East for Sub-Saharan Africa and Ukraine
  • ASTRA 2F at 28.2 degrees East for West Africa
  • NSS-12 at 57 degrees East for Ethiopia and adjacent countries
  • SES-9 at 108.2 degrees East for the Philippines

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